As a holistic health coach, most of my clients are busy, stressed out ladies who desperately want to have more energy, lose weight, and renew passion for their lives – all while juggling an impossible schedule.
The sad truth is that most women are on the verge of burnout because we’re trying to do it all.
We want the quick fix, the answer to the elusive “life balance” myth, and to be everything to everybody else. We want to take care of our partners, our jobs, our children, our friends, our parents, even our pets. But, at the end of the day, who is taking care of you?
In my work, I’ve seen many women neglecting themselves for the sake of others. The busy professional who makes time for every meeting, but doesn’t have time for lunch. The moms who worry about feeding their children organic, real food, but live off of protein bars. The stressed caretaker who keeps telling herself that once her parents are cared for, then she can worry about herself and her own life.
The biggest challenge I see for women who are trying to lose weight is that they are so worried about taking care of everyone else’s needs that they don’t care for themselves. Consequently, food is their only source of true pleasure.
My “weight loss secret” is simply this: find more pleasure and joy in your life and watch the weight melt away.
If you wind-down in the evening reading a book in a hot bubble bath, you won’t find yourself grabbing cookies to help you relax. If you spend quality time having a good conversation with your spouse, you won’t spend the evening in front of the television with a pint of ice cream searching for that same love and connection.
It sounds so simple, right? Yet, it is often a struggle for women to cultivate their own pleasure because it feels “selfish.”
Here’s the bottom line: Your needs, your joy, and your fulfillment is just as important as anyone else’s. Your happiness, your health, and your life depend on it.
Here are 10 simple ways to bring more joy and pleasure into your life today: